tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS May 12, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: a breakthrough in the battle against a deadly kansas they're attacks 13,000 americans every year. and there's no cancer in this picture at all? >> we don't see any active cancer cells. >> pelley: also tonight, trump and ryan talk unity, but there's no endorsement. >> this is a process. it takes a little time. >> pelley: a notorious weapon goes up for auction. >> i'm a free american. i can this what i'd like with my possessions. >> pelley: and a friendly invasion of the pentagon. >> they're kind of a swat team for nerds. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: we hope one day to lead the broadcast with a cure for cancer, but tonight we may have the next best thing. we can report that a bold experiment has been granted
breakthrough status by the food and drug administration. results in early tests at duke university have been so remarkable the f.d.a. wants to fast track the therapy to more patients. the treatment is audacious: using the polio virus to kill glioblastoma, a vicious brain cancer that can kill in matter of months. for two years "60 minutes" has been following the patients in the clinical trial. it's a hell of a thing to be told you have months to live when you're 20 years old. in 2011, stephanie lipscomb was a nursing student with headaches. a doctor told her she had this glioblastoma tumor the size of a tennis ball. you had 98% of the tumor removed. >> exactly. >> pelley: and then in 2012, what did the doctors tell you? >> your cancer is back. >> pelley: with recurrent glioblastoma, there were no options except the one that had never been tried.
stephanie became the first volunteer for duke's experiment with the polio virus. the virus is the creation of molecular biologist matthias gromeier. gromeier reengineered the virus, removing a key genetic sequence. the virus can't survive this way, so he repaired the damage with a harmless bit of cold virus. this new not find polio virus can't cause paralysis or death because it can't reproduce in normal cells, but in cancer cells, it does, and in the process of replicating, it releases toxins that poison the cell. this process also awakens the immune system to the cancer that it had never noticed before. why didn't the immune system react to the cancer to begin with? >> well, all human cancers, they develop a shield, a shroud of protective measures that make
them invisible to the immune system, and this is precisely what we try to reverse with our virus. so by infecting the tumor, we are actually removing the protective shield and telling... enabling the immune system to come in and attack. >> pelley: it appears the polio starts the killing, but the immune system does most of the damage. stephanie lipscomb's tumor shrank for 21 months until it was gone. three years after the infusion, something unimaginable had happened. this is from an m.r.i. in august 2014. and there's no cancer in this picture at all? >> we don't see any active cancer cells. >> pelley: all you could see in that picture was an old surgical scar. as is typical, duke started a company to attract research dollars to the therapy, and gromeier is an investor. the f.d.a. granted breakthrough status this week after data
showed that patients who had been living ten months were now living 15 months, and three patients are cancer-free after three years. see our full story this sunday on "60 minutes." also on "60 minutes," a news-making investigation of doping by russian athletes, including some who won gold at the winter olympics. tonight armen keteyian has learned more about this russian operation. >> reporter: the international olympic committee said today it's considering retesting blood and urine samples from this now-tainted russian lab at the 2014 winter games in sochi. but based upon what we have learned from the lab's former director, any positive drug tests disappeared a long time ago. dr. grigory rodchenkov detailed systematic cover-ups in sochi
with vitaly stepanov. the whistle-blower allowed us to listen to 15 hours of conversation he secretly reported with rodchenkov. >> he had the ability to help to get the necessary results. >> reporter: and those necessary results were gold medals? >> yes. >> reporter: in the recordings, rodchenkov named russian gold medalists in three sports, bobsled, skeleton and cross country skiing, whose dirty drug tests he helped cover up, all part, he said, of an elaborate scream to protect russia's olympic medal winners with the help of the country's intelligence service known as the f.s.b. what did he tell you about the f.s.b.? >> that f.s.b. tried to control every single step of the anti-doping process in sochi. >> reporter: the f.s.b. figured out a way to open bottles considered to be tamper
proof, containing urine from drug-tainted athletes. they then filled the bottles with clean urine collected from the athletes before they started doping. rodchenkov said he then had two weeks after the sochi games to make sure, in his words, people turned out to be clean before test samples were sent to the international olympic committee in switzerland for storage. but we have also learned today a recent review of blood tests in at least one olympic event at sochi has revealed evidence of test tampering, scott, involving russian athletes. >> pelley: could have an impact in russia in the summer olympics coming up, as well. thank you very much, armen. >> you're welcome. >> pelley: in campaign 2016, the top two republican leaders in america, donald trump and paul ryan, had their long awaited peace summit today. a search for common ground in a deeply divided party. here's major garrett. >> reporter: donald trump's whirlwind unity tour through washington's republican establishment drew hordes of reporters, a rafted of onlookers
and a share of boisterous protesters. >> stop the hate! stop the hate. >> reporter: uncharacteristically, trump skipped the publicity bonanza and let twitter do the talking. "things working out really well," he wrote. >> he has a very good personality. he's a very warm and genuine person. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan called the 45-minute meeting with the presumptive nominee encouraging but admitting they have their differences on policy, include trump's call to oppose pending free trade deals and heave medicare and social security intact. aren't you papering over these rather sizeable differences in not only how conservatism is defined broadly but how you have tried to define it? >> i represent a wing of the conservative party, you could say. he is bringing a whole new wing it to. he's bringing new voters that we've never had for decades. that's a positive thing. >> reporter: ryeon would not say if or when he would endorse trump.
>> this is a process. we just began the process. i'm very encouraged at the first meeting of this process. >> reporter: rnc chairman reince priebus brokered the meeting. why is unity a process? why doesn't it just exist naturally? >> it's a big party. there's a lot of differences in opinion. the other thing i'd say is i don't think we all expected this thing to be over last week. people had the start talking and making decisions. >> reporter: and come to the realization that trump is it, whether they're comfortable or not. >> suddenly being faced with, let's go, let's rally, it will take some people longer than others, but i think we'll get there. >> reporter: trump also met with mitch mcconnell and his leadership team. scott, most of these conversations were political, specifically what trump's campaign would mean to republicans seeking reelection, and we're told he impressed many lawmakers because he spent most of the time listening. >> pelley: major garrett for us tonight. major, thank you. well, the next president, whoever it is, will inherit the unending war in iraq. today isis suicide bombers killed at least 17 iraqi
soldiers outside the city of ramadi. u.s. troops have been training the iraqi army for 13 years. it has cost american taxpayers nearly $30 billion, and there is no end in sight. charlie d'agata saw some of that firsthand. [gunfire] >> reporter: on the outskirts of baghdad, iraqi army recruits took aim at an imaginary enemy. but for u.s. trainer sergeant first class josh mcspadden, it's all too real. >> i fought in it in iraq first time. [gunfire] >> reporter: he's been here before, during the worst of the fighting in 2004, and he remembers in vivid detail the day he thought he was going to die. >> it was the only die in my life that i ever thought i wasn't going to make it home alive, but it was just so, so intense. >> reporter: what's it like to have fought so fiercely and now you're back again? >> it's frustrating. you know, you want to see your
brothers in arms, you know, the iraqi people, you want to see them have the same motivation. you want to see them fight the same way that you do. just to come back here and face the same problems, you know, it's just like, when is enough going to be enough. >> reporter: he doesn't have a lot to work with, a rusty russian tank and handful of armored personnel carriers. there's not enough ammunition to practice with the big guns. well, they're not much, but they'll be vital in any ground offensive iraqi forces launch against isis. and it's no exaggeration to say that some of the recruits are far younger than the tanks they'll be firing. yesterday's strike on the iraqi capital was the worst bloodshed the city has seen this year. mcspadden says that only strengthens the resolve of his new recruits. >> they're very motivated, you know, especially with the attack that happened in baghdad.
it angers them. they want to take their city back over. >> that training may have looked rather basic, scott, but those tanks and armored personnel carriers play a vital role in any ground offensive. and that equipment was not just for training. it's the same kind used by iraqi forces against isis on the battlefield. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in baghdad tonight. charlie, thanks. two state troopers from new hampshire and massachusetts were placed on leave today after apparently beating a man at the end of a high-speed chase. the suspect appears to surrender, getting out of the vehicle on his knees, and then the police officers pummel him. the man, wanted on assault charges, had a swollen eye in court today. the nine millimeter pistol that george zimmerman used to kill trayvon martin is up for sale. the former neighborhood watchman claimed he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense. he was found not guilty of murder. mark strassmann tells us what
zimmerman wants to do with the money. >> reporter: on gunbroker.com, an auction web site, zimmerman opened the bidding at $5,000. he described the weapon as "an american firearm icon" and "a piece of american history." he talked about the sale by phone with television station wofl. >> what i decided to do is not cower. i'm a free american. i can do what i'd like with my possessions. >> reporter: but as the bidding opened, gun broker, a user generated site, removed the posting, saying, "we want no part in the listing on our web site." hours later zimmerman relaunched the auction on another site, united gun group. trayvon martin's parents still view zimmerman's gun as the murder weapon. lawyer ben crump represents them. >> how could you possibly try to make money off of the killing of their while? >> put your hands up!
get away from the car! >> reporter: controversy has dogged zimmerman since his acquittal in 2013. he has had eight run-ins with police. among them new york september 2013, police questioned him for pointing a gun at his wife and father-in-law. two months later he was arrested for aggravated assault against his then-girlfriend. the charges were dropped inch a 2015 road rage incident, zimmerman's truck was hit by gunfire, and the other man was charged with attempted second-degree murder. last year zimmerman was arrested for throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. and now the gun auction, which critics on social media blasted as obscene and disgusting. >> they're not going to be bidding on it, so i couldn't care less about them. >> reporter: zimmerman has said he'll spend the money he makes from the gun auction on vary use causes that matter to him. scott, he specifically named preventing violence against police in the black lives matter movement.
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over the last year. ira kalb is a marketing professor at the university of southern california. he says many big box retailers no longer give shoppers a reason to leave their computers. >> retailers have lost their added value. >> reporter: since more online sales means fewer purchases at local malls, many retail developers are trying to upgrade the more luxurious shopping centers that can sell twice as much per square foot and offer much more than shopping. >> in order to compete with online convenience and the one-stop shopping, you have to create a store experience. the ones that have are the ones that are doing well. >> reporter: like the grove in los angeles, which is experiencing doubling-digit growth. it's a shopping center that looks more like a village main street, complete with a glen space, restaurants and valet parking, because the goal is no longer just shopping. >> we're also in the entertainment business. >> reporter: marketing director judy johnson says shoppers spend twice as much time and more money at the grove
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>> pelley: the best defense is a good offense, so the pentagon challenged hackers to assault its cyber security system. the experiment ended today. here's david martin with the revenge of the nerds. >> reporter: walking the halls of the pentagon in his hoodie, chris lynch has been mistaken for a repairman, as in how long will it take you to fix my phone. >> this is the weirdest moment of my life. i never thought i'd show up in government. i never thought that i'd be working at the pentagon. >> reporter: a software entrepreneur from seattle, lynch was brought in by defense secretary carter to head a new office called the defense digital service. the title on the door says "rebel alliance." >> i like to say the title is anyone who wants to work toward changing bureaucracy.
i believe that is our mission. if we don't, i don't know who else will. >> reporter: just as in "star wars," this rebel alliance, actually a staff of 12, is out to do battle with a mighty empire, the old and slow pentagon democracy. >> we're kind of a swat team for nerds. >> reporter: bureaucracy bust centers >> yeah, we have a type of person, one of our skill sets that we hire is a bureaucracy hacker. >> reporter: lynch's first project was called "hack the pentagon," pay a bounty to anyone who can find a way to hack into five of the defense department's public web sites. so "hack the pentagon" doesn't sound legal. >> a lot of people didn't like that name. >> reporter: most hackers are seen as malicious. >> not every hacker is bad. that's the difference. report in six weeks, 1,400 hockers uncovered 90
vulnerabilities. >> we had our first vulnerability that came in 13 minutes from the launch of the program. we just map things out. >> reporter: lynch has covered an entire wall for overhauling pentagon software that go far beyond public web sites. which is why joe roman came looking for a software solution to the paperwork of recruiting. >> this will be fun since we don't speak your language. you don't speak ours. i'll try to speak slowly and loudly so you understand. >> reporter: lynch finds out the army is creating digital files the old-fashioned way. >> they're printing this stuff and scanning it. is that what they're doing? >> a lot of printing and scanning. >> reporter: another potential project for lynch's great white wall, which ends with thissed a mow nation: governments hate two things, change and the way things are. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
>> osbourne. >> sharon and ozzie united today. we have his first interview since his cheating scandal. >> she's great. >> so much gossip to get to tonight. is katy dumping orlando because he's getting cozy with selena? is gwen pregnant with blake's baby? >> one day left for michael strahan on "live." what the show is planning and is kelly sending a message with this jacket? plus, big stars, full fashions, julia roberts barefoot?& who's stealing the spotlight in cannes? >> i'm going to check that off the list. then, oh, yeah, meet the men of the new "bachelorette." >> i look at you and i'm, like, wow. >> some of these occupations. a hipster. a super fan. >> don't forget the erectile dysfunction expert. >> oh, my goodness.